One of the longest tenured coaches on the Green Wave staff, David Oliver returns for a fifth season, having added special teams coordinator duties to his work with the tight ends and offensive line.
With Tulane's wide-open passing game, the tight end position is a fast-developing aspect of the Wave attack. Oliver was instrumental in the development of former Tulane tight end Cory Geason, who has enjoyed a fine professional career and is currently with the Pittsburgh Steelers. His influence with the offensive line has also been invaluable, as evidenced by last season when the Wave finished the year ranked third in the nation in passing and seventh in total offense.
Oliver, 31, is in his ninth year of coaching and has experience at nearly every level of the game. Prior to arriving in New Orleans, he coached at Division I-AA Southeast Missouri State for one season, while earning his master's degree in educational administration in July 1997.
Previously, Oliver spent time at the Division II level at the University of Northern Colorado for two seasons. At Northern Colorado, he tutored a pair of All-Americans who went on to enjoy NFL careers: OT Tony Ramirez (Detroit Lions) and TE Andy Haase (NY Giants). Oliver also spent one year at the high school level.
Oliver received his bachelor's degree in 1994 from Northern Colorado. He lettered four years as an offensive tackle and was a two-time All-American and an all-conference selection. He was twice invited to training camp with the Seattle Seahawks.
A native of Colorado Springs, Colo., and a member of the AFCA, Oliver is married to the former Angelique Lowther of Albuquerque, N.M. They welcomed their first child over the summer.
Birthdate: July 2, 1970
Birthplace: Mesa, AZ
Hometown: Colorado Springs, CO
Family: Wife (former Angelique Lowther)
High School: Doherty (Colorado Springs, CO) HS (1988)
College: Northern Colorado (1994)
Masters: Southeast Missouri State (1997)
Northern Colorado (1988-92)
1993-95 Northern Colorado
1995 Farmington (N.M.) HS
1996 Southeast Missouri St.